Celebrate! Celebrate! Obama 3

I do not have anything especially eloquent to sayI cannot offer deep political analysis (there’s a whole lot of it on the Huffingtonpost.com).  I am not going to talk trash about Hillary, her husband, Bill or McCain. I will not express my disappointment in Puerto Rico’s vote (see theroot.com). I am not wearing myself out with expectations, nor do I expect Obama to walk on water.  I don’t need Obama to prove his Blackness – as far as I can see he is a Black man and nothing will change that nor is this reality enough to make anyone think they know how he should be Black. (One day I will share an essay I’ve written, “You Can’t Take Black Away from Me.”  I am not paranoid that Barack won’t do anything for Black people if he wins because he’ll have to appease whites.  Although I am praying that he won’t be assassinated or injured.

I am pleased that Obama has the majority of delegates he needs for the Democratic nomination.  I am thrilled that something I didn’t think would happen until I was in my 80s, if then, has happened.  He is the right man at the right moment for the nomination.  He is the right Black man for the job.

The country is in tatters, we need leadership and inspiration.  We need energy and determination.  We need someone who can run despite not having personal wealth or a political lineage.  If he can come from where he came from to get this far he is a phenomenal being.

Obama’s speech tonight was uplifting, eloquent, warm, visionary, and enveloping.  He stayed on high ground!  I am so proud and pleased.

The image of Obama and Michelle in loving unity at the end of the speech is such a profoundly important one to so many of us Black people who have seen our love strained and our marriages and families broken.  I think it is important for everyone but has a special message for us.

I’m celebrating and thankful to bear witness to this historic event.

No more limits on aspirations.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

3 thoughts on “Celebrate! Celebrate! Obama

  • Ambi

    Go Obama! I’ve never been more hopeful in my life not to mention as involved in change and the belief that I can make a difference.

  • E_Sharp

    I am also no political analyst, and on top of that, I am Canadian, but as I think we all know, what goes on in the States significantly impacts Canada.
    I am very excited about Obama as President. Change, is an understatement.
    I only wish that we had a candidate like that for Prime Minister.
    I really hope that Obama reaches out to Canada and our politicians. I need to research his position on that.

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